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I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to travel and visit places that I typically could only dream about. I know I whine about the whole “getting there” part, but I am genuinely happy to have the opportunity, even though the whole “work thing” typically gets in the way of my being able to enjoy myself thoroughly at the new locales. My recent trip got me thinking about all the cultural quirks that I run into when I visit new places so I thought I’d share some of the things that have stuck in my non-cultured mind -
The biggest (and most obvious) thing that struck me about my trip to the UK was their driving on the left side of the road. Because though I was there for a week and passed numerous “look right” signs on the crosswalks, I still could not get my head around the right way to look or turn for traffic. If I was supposed to drive in the UK, I am pretty sure that I don’t think my mind could work its way through that. And having afternoon tea with the assorted yummy sandwiches and scones – seriously, how excellently civilized (and clotted cream, I don't hate you).
I adore France, but it’s got its own pace and style that even the locals can’t help but smirk at. Like asking the reception guys at a luxury hotel in Paris on getting a taxi and being directed to go to the taxi stand down the block, instead of having someone hail one for you like I've seen every other hotel do (I know, I know, First World problems …). Or not being able to get hold of local vendors because it is either the month-long summer vacation season or one of the five million national holidays or someone has earned so much time off they “have” to take it. But the quality and importance of food and eating in that country - Paris is the only city where I will eat steak tartare. And every time it has been delicious and I have been able to just sit and savor.
When I went to the Middle East for the first time, I was expecting a slightly different attitude towards women and Westerners – but even when you’re expecting it, you don’t really expect it, if you get what I mean. And though Dubai is about as cosmopolitan and Westernized as you can get in the Middle East, you still have to get used to women being served last, people addressing the men in your group even if they are referring to you (and you’re standing right there), and not having priority over Emerati, no matter how much money you think you can throw around (not like I go around "making it rain" anyways ... ).
Singapore was about how multicultural the entire place was. Mosques and temples and churches were located right next to each other and all these different religions and cultures seemed to mesh together seamlessly. Plus almost everyone speaks English, the entire country is impeccably pristine, the food is delish and it makes for a good Asia 101 point for newbs.
Guilian (aka not a major city in), China was realizing that in fact there are people on this planet who have never seen a blonde-haired, blue-eyed person before. And they are not afraid to gawk. And follow. And point.
Surprising about the Netherlands was how open everyone was – like, use your blinds and curtains, people! And how for a country of really tall, big people, they all have no qualms about crowding into the smallest cars, bars, hotel rooms, restaurant tables imaginable without batting an eye.
In your travels near or far, what have been the most surprising/unusual/amusing things you ran into when experiencing other cultures?
Dress: Asos paisley floral (on sale - sim, sim, luxe)
Necklace: J.Crew tessellate via Ebay (original, sim, pricey)
Belt: Asos metal keeper (sim)
Bracelet: Asos pyramid stretch (worn here - sim, sim)
Clutch: UO woven flap (worn here - sim, sim, luxe)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bello (worn here - sim, wedge, chunky)
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